More than 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties recently received a combined total of $126.5 million in state funding for road and bridge improvements through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.
This was the latest round of grants made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation, resulting from a law passed in 2017. The Community Crossings program is an integral part of Indiana’s long-term, fully funded roads plan, which helps maintain Indiana’s status as the Crossroads of America without passing on debt to future generations. To date, more than $738 million has been distributed to communities throughout the state since the program was first established. Along with maintaining essential infrastructure, the initiative also incentivizes economic development and creates jobs.
Because the process is highly competitive, the state awards two rounds of grants annually. Locals can use these grants for road reconstruction, road and bridge preservation, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Funding is awarded based on need, road and pavement condition, amount of traffic, and the potential community impact on mobility and connectivity.
Cities and towns with a population of less than 10,000 must provide a 25% funding match, while communities larger than that contribute a 50% match. The program requires that half of its available matching funds be awarded annually to municipalities with populations of 50,000 or less. The maximum amount given to a community or county is $1 million.